My Goal – Chief Strategy Officer

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How did successful Chief Strategy Officers reach their career goal? What are the requirements for a CSO from the view of the CEO or the Board? How do the CEO and the CSO share their strategy tasks?


John R. Dacey, Group Chief Strategy Officer Swiss Re and Chairman Admin Re® joined Swiss Re on 1 October 2012 from AXA where he was Group Vice-Chairman for Asia-Pacific. Prior to that, he worked for Winterthur Insurance and McKinsey. He holds a master's degree from Harvard and a B.A. from the Washington University St Louis.

Dr. Valerie Hackl, since May 2014 Head of Strategy ÖBB-Holding AG joined ÖBB in 2012 as assistant to the CEO. She started her career as consultant at Bain & Company.  Valerie Hackl holds a Ph.D. from the University of St.Gallen and a master's degree from Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

Prof. Dr. Markus Menz is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Geneva. Previously, was an Assistant Professor at HSG and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Since 2011, he has led an annual study of the CSOs of the 500 largest European companies. He holds a habilitation, Ph.D., and master’s degree from HSG.

Petra Rumpf is Head of Instradent & Strategic Alliances in the Executive Board of Straumann. From 2007 to 2014, she worked for Nobel Biocare being responsible for corporate development and M&A. Before joining Nobel Biocare, she spent 16 years at Capgemini Consulting. Petra Rumpf holds an MBA of Clark University, Boston.

Evelyne Thalmann is founder of Experts for Leaders AG. Previously she was a partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Witena and Boyden. She has 15 years of experience in corporate governance, board consulting and executive search. Evelyne Thalmann used to be a member of the Credit Suisse management and of the Executive Board of Swissca.

Dr. Ariel Hugentobler joined HSG Alumni on January 2013 as Head of Career Services. He finished his studies as Dr. oec. HSG in 1995 and worked as CFO at the Consulting Company IMG. In his prior position, he was the Global Head HR at Belimed, a division of Metall Zug.